By Jan Bergemann

Published April 5, 2019


Well, great news from Tallahassee:


The Florida legislature just decided that legislators can only file owner-friendly bills, no more bills that make the service providers rich and property owners poor – making them lose their homes without having a say in their own finances. No more homeless former condo owners, just because they elected morons to be their board members who were making stupid decisions.


The Florida legislators finally acknowledged that lobbyist Mark Anderson is a “bad actor” – his own words at committee hearings – because he totally misrepresents who he is actually lobbying for. Listening to his “speeches” at committee hearings for SB 610 – the “LOCK-THEM-UP” bill – he always makes it sounds that he represents millions of home- and condo-owners. It was finally decided that he should start his speeches stating that he is only the lobbyist paid for by some management companies, mainly a company based in Texas. And their interests normally are in total opposition to property-owners’ interests – meaning Florida voters.


And last not least: The new director of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes has announced that his new policies include stopping to send out form letters closing investigations without even looking at the evidence provided – or form letters just stating that the Division has no jurisdiction, after sitting on the complaints for months. He further announced that he will – until the end of this year – replace all the employees warming their chairs for many years without doing their job with young employees eager to take on the job they are getting paid for, following the wording of FS 718 – without “reading between the lines”, seeing things that exist only in their imagination. Let’s applaud the Division Director for his wise decisions!


Well, after reading all this “good” news, please don’t forget that on Monday was April Fool’s Day. Got the message? Remember: HBO many years ago aired a series titled “DREAM ON!”

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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